Tuesday, September 19, 2023
India has a long running problem with the Sikh people demanding freedom from India and making Punjab an independent.. non-Hindu-fundamentalist nation. Most of the leadership of this movement lives in Canada. And India just assassinated one of it's leaders on Canadian soil. Mr Nijjar was a prominent Sikh leader in BC and a vocal backer of a separate Khalistani state. Supporters of his have said that he was a target of threats in the past because of his activism. A murder investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is ongoing.
Canada is home to the largest Sikh diaspora outside the state of Punjab. On 8 July, hundreds protested Mr Nijjar's death in Toronto outside India's High Consulate building. They were met with a smaller counter protest in support of the Indian government.
There are an estimated 1.4 to 1.8 million Canadians of Indian origin. The country has the largest population of Sikhs outside the state of Punjab in India.
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